No More Bowe? What is going with Bowe?

I remember being in shock when I had learned we negotiated with terrorists by giving u p 5 high profile Taliban terrorists for one solider.

I was in shock. I think a lot of people were.

Bowe Bergdahl

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There has been a lot of controversy and questions about this case/ event, whatever you want to call it. Here is everything that has been presented by the media (my thoughts will be in parentheses):

  • He was a prisoner for 5 years in Afghanistan
  • At least 6 soldiers have said to have died trying to find him.
  • He says he was kidnapped.
  • His unit says he left. That he was a deserter.
  • He was said to have left.
  • Some of his fellow soldiers believed he gave his “captives” information. Their reasoning is that
  • His unit was told to remain quiet on Bowe’s absence.
  • Believing that his health was deteriorating, the administration said it acted quickly to save his life. ( If they knew enough about his health, how come they don’t know enough about whether or not he deserted, why he left,etc.)
  • There was originally going to be a celebration in Bowe’s hometown but it was canceled.
  • A video has been released of Bowe’s release from te Taliban ( a camera man just happened to be nearby videotaping this release of a random solider for 5 high profile Taliban terrorists??)
  • The reason it was canceled because they said there was going to be lost of people showing up. Those in support and those in protest. (I personally think there would have been more protesters).
  • He came back into the United States (from Germany) Friday June 13 to the San Antonio Army medical center.
  • The Washington Post reported that Bergdahl, after leaving his unit in 2009, appeared determined to contact the Taliban despite warnings from local villagers about his safety. (Why would he want to contact the Taliban? To have milk and cookies?)

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  • “We think he was probably high after smoking hashish,” local intelligence chief Ibrahim Manikhel told the Post. “Why would an American want to find the Taliban?” (Oh great a military solider getting high and wanting to find the Taliban. What could go wrong? As to why an American would want to find the Taliban on his/her own, either cause they are crazy, they want to betray their country, or there is something else going on.)
  • The jihadists were shipped to Qatar, where even President Obama acknowledged they could resume their terrorist activities (This could encourage more hostages to be taken in return for terrorists).
  • “I was pissed off then, and I am even more so now with everything going on,” said former Sgt. Matt Vierkant, a member of Bergdahl’s platoon when he went missing on June 30, 2009. “Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war, and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him.”
  • A  U.S. law that requires the administration to give Congress notice 30 days before releasing any detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay.
  • National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Sunday on CNN that the “acute urgency” of Bergdahl’s failing health and what she described as a narrow opportunity to win his freedom justified making the move without notifying Congress. (Failing health. What was his condition? Why wasn’t this talked about sooner?)
  • A reporter asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Sunday whether Bergdahl had left his post without permission or deserted — and, if so, whether he would be punished. Hagel didn’t answer directly. “Our first priority is assuring his well-being and his health and getting him reunited with his family,” he said. “Other circumstances that may develop and questions, those will be dealt with later.” (If they don’t know he deserted or was taken prisoner, why risk releasing 5 high profile terrorists that according to Obama could very well attack again).
  • “While the Bergdahls are overjoyed that their son has returned to the United States, Mr. and Mrs. Bergdahl don’t intend to make any travel plans public,” the statement reads. “They ask for continued privacy as they concentrate on their son’s reintegration.”
  • When one is prisoner for 5 years, he may have been kept out of the loop and unaware what is going on around him. (why was he in Germany thought? The United States has a base there, but they have tons of bases around the world).
  • Bowe was said to be mentally unstable and frustrated with authority. (Always seems like Mental Illness is used as an excuse {I have depression and anxiety btw, don’t lecture me} I don’t use it as an excuse, I try to overcome it. If he was/is that mentally unstable where he could be a threat to himself and others, why would the military allow him to be in the military? Why would his family? His friends?)
  • Mary Robinson, a Facebook friend of Bergdahl, worked with him in a massage center and tea house near his home when Bergdahl was in high school. Robinson said she didn’t know why Bergdahl chose the Wandering Monk moniker. “He was really, really grounded. He was curious. He wasn’t one who was partying as some kids do,” Robinson said while verifying it was Bergdahl’s Facebook page. “He was going over there with all the good intentions of serving his country.” (Why doesn’t the NSA be nosy like they have been and check his emails and facebook?)
  • About two and a half weeks after his last Facebook post, Bergdahl sent a partially coded email to Kim Harrison, a longtime friend, suggesting he had concerns about his privacy and so couldn’t share his plans.”I’m worried,” he wrote in an entry before deployment. “The lcoser [sic] I get to ship day, the calmer the voices are. I’m reverting. I’m getting colder. My feelings are being flushed with the frozen logic and the training, all the unfeeling cold judgment of the darkness.”Later, he wrote, “I will not lose this mind, this world I have deep inside. I will not lose this passion of beauty.”The writings weren’t the first time Bergdahl’s friends were worried about his emotional health, Harrison told the Post. In 2006, he left the U.S. Coast Guard after 26 days in basic training in an “uncharacterized discharge,” according to Coast Guard records, the Post reported. Harrison said it was for psychological reasons.
  • But when he joined the Army in 2008, the military was dealing with wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and was regularly issuing waivers that allowed people with criminal records, health conditions and other problems to enlist. The military declined to say whether Bergdahl was given such a waiver. (I have so many thoughts on this, I don’t know where to begin)
  • Army launches investigation to his disappearance. (I thought he was taken. Why would they need to launch an investigation? I don’t want to come across as cold, but if there is enough doubt why risk 5 high profile Taliban for someone who no longer wanted to serve his country? And who could possibly sell out his fellow soldiers?)
  • The team led by Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl won’t interview Sgt. Bergdahl until he is cleared to discuss the matter by the medical team in Texas helping him to recover from nearly five years in captivity, the Army said. (besides the one video released by the Taliban and they are very reliable {rolling my eyes}.
  • He was said to walk off a remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan in June 2009.
  • A 2009 Army investigation concluded then-Pfc. Bergdahl voluntarily left the eastern Afghanistan outpost where he was based, but stopped short of concluding he deserted, according to military officials familiar with the report. After leaving, he was captured by the Taliban. (he is an almost deserter that got caught by the Taliban? What?!) 697d4-saywhat
  • The army has yet to declassify the report. (Why would they classify the report of an almost deserter?)
  • Sgt. Bergdahl declined to speak with his parents while he was recovering at a U.S. military hospital in Germany, something that military officials said wasn’t unusual for someone who has gone through a long, traumatic experience. His parents weren’t at the Texas airport to greet him when he returned to the U.S. and a family spokesman said Monday the parents are keeping details of their plans private. (At least it’s not unusual, still his parents weren’t their to greet him in Texas. I know parents of the dead soldiers would have been there to greet their children home.)
  • Sgt. Bergdahl ( I wonder how much information he had access to?)
  • Other soliders were counting on him to help protect them. He abandoned them, and left them exposed, and unprotected while they slept. (And this doesn’t scream deserter?)
  • (I have friends who were in the military, they didn’t like what was going on. They did their duty while over there. Once they got back some quit because they didn’t want to put their families through the stress anymore and they wanted to be home. You may call them cowards, but they did their time and they didn’t desert.)
  • At a briefing this past Friday, reporters state that he had not been reunited with his parents and that he will decide when he wants to see them. (He will decide…huh. I wonder how close he is to his parents)
  • Bergdahl went missing on June 30, 2009, in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, where he was deployed with the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. An Army fact-finding investigation conducted in the months after his disappearance concluded he left his outpost deliberately and of his own free will, according to an official who was briefed on the report. (Why was he being lauded as a hero? Why was there doubt he was a deserter? Why risk freeing terrorists than?)
  •  (If he did desert and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of evidence to suggest otherwise he should be court martialed)
  • For much of that time, CIA drones trolled the skies overhead, searching for signs of the missing U.S. soldier. Until late last year, the drones fired missiles that killed hundreds of fighters and at least one senior leader of the militant group, known as the Haqqani network.A five-month halt in the CIA drone strikes this year coincided with intensifying efforts to get Bergdahl out. His return on May 31 has freed the CIA to resume the attacks, and on Wednesday and Thursday, drones hit targets in the tribal area known as North Waziristan, where the Haqqani group is based, killing 16 militants.

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One thought on “No More Bowe? What is going with Bowe?

  1. pavanneh

    So, do you think he deserted or Not? I am not sure by your post. I personally am not sure, but am leaning towards yes. If not a deserter what was he? A spy? This whole situation is insane.

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